Musicians and other entertainers are performing their last duet with secondhand tobacco smoke. Along with increasing one's risk of heart disease, cancer and respiratory illnesses, secondhand smoke irritates the vocal cords, potentially causing them to shut down entirely. Damage to the voice can cost musicians their careers.
More than ever before, musicians are including smokefree air as clause in their performance contracts. British rock band, Queen, is enforcing a smokefree concert policy during its 2005 comeback tour. Willie Nelson, Tracy Chapman, Pat Metheny, Fiona Apple, Victor Wooten, Johnny Paycheck, and Richard Lee Jones also request smokefree concert venues when they perform.
Smokefree advocates are partnering with musicians to pass stronger workplace laws that include bars and other entertainment venues. In New Mexico and Indiana, coalitions hold concerts to raise awareness of secondhand smoke exposure's unique impact of entertainers' health. As a result, musicians are becoming some of the most effective messengers to carry the smokefree message.
Musicians, when planning your next music tour, review ANRF's list of cities with smokefree bars and ANRF's list of cities with smokefree casinos and gaming venues.
Club-owners and managers, if you are a smokefree music club that is not currently located in a smokefree city or state, please contact ANR and we will add your venue to a list of smokefree clubs.
in smoke: Bands weigh in on Moscow's smoking ban
Katelyn and Laurie Shook once turned down a gig at John's Alley because of the smoke.
"I can't play for that long in a smoky environment," Katelyn said. "I'm allergic to cigarette smoke and I try to avoid playing venues with smoke."
When she does, her throat hurts and she can't sing right by the end of the night.
It doesn't end there.
"The next day I feel like I have a hangover when I didn't really drink," she sad.
Now that the city of Moscow has banned smoking in all bars within city limits, the Shook Twins may reconsider.
Katelyn said she was "stoked" when she heard the news.
Many bands who have played in Moscow in the past believe the ban will be a positive thing. ...